Mar 30, 2020
COM 466 - Investigative Reporting and Writing
This class teaches the skills needed to conceive, report and write investigative stories based on documents, data and interviews to be published in newspapers, magazines and online publications. Course will be offered every year (Spring).
Prerequisites: COM 226 and COM 303 and COM 308 and COM 321 and admission to the communication department major status. Co-requisite: COM 466LAB.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
- Identify subjects to investigate and create a comprehensive budget of story ideas and multimedia components to tackle the subject.
- Identify appropriate human sources and persuade them to talk on the record.
- Utilize the federal Freedom of Information Act and state open records laws to obtain documents and data, both paper and electronic.
- Locate and download databases from the Internet
- Organize large amounts of material, including multi-media elements, and present it in a compelling way.
- Demonstrate understanding of the legal and ethical issues involved in investigative reporting.
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